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breakingnews.com/topic/shooting-at-atlanta-theater DEC 2014

Atlanta police investigate after a shooting at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, Dec. 23. (BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM)

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Two people were in stable condition after being shot Tuesday night inside a Midtown movie theater that had just held a film’s premiere screening.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. inside the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Monroe Drive. The incident reportedly occurred after the premiere showing of comedy “Finesse.”

A man sustained a gunshot wound to the buttocks, while a woman was grazed in the leg, Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said. The two were taken by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital.
2 people shot at Midtown movie theater photo
Atlanta police investigate after a shooting at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, Dec. 23. (BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM)

“It appears that this started as a verbal altercation and that escalated to gunfire at some point,” Chafee said.

Police were still on the scene during the 11 p.m. hour gathering information on the incident. No one had been taken into custody at that time, Chafee said.

The screening was well attended, police and witnesses said, with the latter telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they saw nothing after the screening that would have seemingly led to such an incident.
2 people shot at Midtown movie theater photo
Atlanta police investigate after a shooting at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, Dec. 23. (BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM)

“We had a standing ovation, everybody was happy about the movie, but all of a sudden we go out into the concession and there were two shots,” said Corey Crum, one of the film’s actors. “A dude left grabbing his leg, and somebody else was grabbing their side, and people were lying around crying and hollering. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen before in my life.”

Another one of the movie’s actors, Christian Saslo, said several of those involved in the film were signing autographs right after it was screened. He said it was possible that the shooter had been in the same theater.

“He could’ve been somebody we shook hands with right before this happened,” he said.
2 people shot at Midtown movie theater photo
Emergency responders arrive on the scene after a shooting at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, Dec. 23. (BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM)

“At first I thought maybe [the first gunshot] was a balloon, but then when you hear the second one, and everybody starts jumping,” Saslo added.

This scares me to point of not wanting to get involved in theatre

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